Jeff Gavin

Freelance Writer

Jeff Gavin, LEED Green Associate, is the owner of Gavo Communications, a sustainability-focused marketing services firm serving the energy and construction industries. He can be reached at

Articles by Jeff Gavin

  • Parabolic troughs capture solar energy, which is stored in unique molten-salt storage units at Abengoa’s 280-MW Solana solar project, conducted in partnership with Arizona Public Service.
October 2014
With climate change front and center and efforts to reduce emissions taking many forms, energy storage could be the next important player. IHS, an international research firm, expects worldwide storage to climb to 40,000 megawatts (MW) worldwide by 2023, with 43 percent of added capacity coming from the United States by 2017. READ MORE
August 2014
Saving time and money through collaboration and mobility are new imperatives for today’s construction industry. However, these essentials reside in a changing world. The desktop computer is taking a backseat to the ubiquitous tablet and smartphone for business. READ MORE
  • The Haworth Showroom at the Parkview Green in Beijing is the first project to certify under LEED v4
July 2014
LEED v4, the latest version of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, reflects an ultimate goal by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC): make a LEED-certified building forever green. A theme of “trust but verify” emerges as you look at the changes in LEED v4. READ MORE
  • Don’t leave savings on the table

June 2014
When commissioning a high-performance building, one element of lighting control is sometimes left out: the daylight harvesting system. It’s assumed such systems will work right out of the box after some simple calibration. Working is one thing, but working optimally is another. READ MORE
  • Validation for SSL costs come in all sorts of ways, including the need for less copper wire.
April 2014
If your sales pitch regarding light-emitting diode (LED) technology is that it lasts forever, uses less power and is cheaper to operate, keep going. Establishing the rate of return on investment (ROI) for solid-state lighting (SSL) is more varied and expansive than you might think.
March 2014
Social media made news last year. According to Pew Research Center’s December “Social Media Update 2013,” an estimated 73 percent of adults now use a social networking site of some kind. Facebook remains by far the dominant platform (71 percent), but 42 percent of adults now use multiple sites. While the young have embraced it, other age groups are clearly coming around to social media. READ MORE
  • Linear LED lighting is finding its way into classroom settings and offices.
February 2014
With an urgent demand for energy efficiency, lighting continues to stake its claim as a solution. T8 and T5 fluorescents—both important evolutions in improved lamps and ballasts—have been landmark offerings. 
Now lighting installers have a new option: linear LEDs.
January 2014
If the 2013 economy were a horse race, it often trotted more than galloped. READ MORE
  • Studies increasingly show effective lighting promotes worker productivity and satisfaction.
January 2014
Lighting strategies to optimize worker performance are alive and well. 
In fact, the correlation between lighting and human performance is now better understood than ever, and the knowledge is influencing manufacturers, lighting designers and savvy installers. The office is the latest subject.